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09
Jul

Car hits sand pile in construction zone and goes into hay field

On July 3, at 9:38 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a crash on Highway 27 about one-tenth of a mile north of Gran Grae Road in Prairie du Chien Township. 

Matthew Wojciechowski, 33, Wauzeka, was operating a 2011 Chevy Impala southbound on Highway 27. This section of highway is closed due to road construction. Wojciechowski stated he was travelling southbound at highway speeds of 55 to 60 mph when he hit a sand pile in the southbound lane. Wojciechowski’s vehicle continued over the embankment on the east side of the highway before coming to rest in a hay field. 

Wojciechowski claimed no injuries from the crash. Wojciechowski will be cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed in a construction zone and not wearing a seatbelt. 

Mon
09
Jul

25th annual Ridge and Valley Rally in Seneca Saturday


Julie and Ron Hartley have lived, farmed and raised a family in Seneca for most of their lives. They have been selected as the king and queen of the Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally, which will be Saturday, July 14. (Submitted photo)

The 25th annual Ridge and Valley Rally in Seneca will be Saturday, July 14, with events happening all day long at the community town hall. 

Register to participate in the 5K/10K walk-run between 6:30 and 7 a.m., before the race begins at 7:30. 

All area community members are invited to enjoy the 11 a.m. parade, followed by a smoked pork chop dinner at noon and a pie auction at 1 p.m. There’s a volleyball tournament throughout the day, kids games after the parade and food and beverages available for purchase on the grounds.

The antique tractor pull starts at 1 p.m. Then, euchre and bean bag tournaments will happen at 4 p.m.

Mon
09
Jul

Professionals look at how to prevent self-neglect, abuse of seniors


Crawford County social worker Jim McGrath (right) facilitates his break-out group to identify ideas about improving factors leading to self-neglect and vulnerable adult abuse. Around 25 professionals from the area health and human services sectors put their heads together to determine recommendations that could help prevent these issues. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A thorough evaluation of self-neglect and abuse amid elderly and vulnerable adults was done June 27 during a symposium at the Crawford County Administration Building. About 25 professionals, from the health and human services sectors across Crawford and the surrounding counties, discussed the issues and determined what might be done to prevent them from enabling self-neglect and vulnerable adult abuse. A few senior citizens joined the two-hour conversation as well.

Mon
09
Jul

JWalkers mission trip sends 29 kids to Texas


Twenty-seven youths from Prairie du Chien and two from Mosinee traveled with seven adults to Port Aransas, Texas, as part of the Holy Family Parish JWalkers’ annual mission trip. They helped 15 homeowners continue to clean up and remodel still 10 months after Hurricane Harvey. (Submitted photos)

Some of the JWalkers fill a homeowner's back yard to level it, during their recent mission trip to Texas.

By Correne Martin

Hard work, compassion, community donations and prayers once again came together to make another Prairie du Chien JWalkers mission trip possible. The teenage group of 29 kids, including two from Mosinee, traveled 22 hours by bus to Corpus Christi, Texas. They spent a week in early June helping 15 homeowners who remain impacted by Hurricane Harvey devastation 10 months later.

Guided by their fearless leader, Mary Stoeffler, Father Jim Weighner and five local chaperones connected to Holy Family Parish, the high school students rode 40 miles every day from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas, Texas. 

Mon
09
Jul

Craig T. Looney

Craig T. Looney, 34, of Prairie du Chien, died as result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Friday, July 6, 2018. 

He was born Oct. 22, 1983, in Prairie du Chien the son of Timothy and Theresa (Dundee) Looney. He married Lacey Nelson on May 21, 2011, at Pike’s Peak State Park in McGregor, Iowa. Craig was currently working for Nelson Hardwoods in Prairie du Chien. He enjoyed the outdoors and love to fish and camp. Most of all Craig loved his special times with his daughter Coralline. 

Mon
09
Jul

Janice G. Caya

Janice G. Caya, 82, of Eastman, passed away Saturday, July 7, at the Thornton Manor Care Center in Lansing, Iowa. 

She was born Aug. 30, 1935, in Lynxville the daughter of Eugene and Odean (Bright) Oppriecht. She married Charles Caya on June 2, 1956, at St. Wenceslaus Church, in Eastman. She and Chuck enjoyed their trips out west and were active members of St. Wenceslaus Parish. Jan worked as a beautician and later as a secretary for 3M Company in Prairie du Chien until her retirement. Chuck preceded her in death on June 19, 2017. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. 

Mon
09
Jul

Janice G. Caya

Janice G. Caya, 82, of Eastman, passed away Saturday, July 7, at the Thornton Manor Care Center in Lansing, Iowa. 

She was born Aug. 30, 1935, in Lynxville the daughter of Eugene and Odean (Bright) Oppriecht. She married Charles Caya on June 2, 1956, at St. Wenceslaus Church, in Eastman. She and Chuck enjoyed their trips out west and were active members of St. Wenceslaus Parish. Jan worked as a beautician and later as a secretary for 3M Company in Prairie du Chien until her retirement. Chuck preceded her in death on June 19, 2017. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. 

Fri
06
Jul

Gary L. Sedlmayr

Gary L. Sedlmayr, 77, passed away peacefully on June 8, after a long illness following a stroke, with his brother by his side. 

He was born in Wyalusing, to Allan and Kathryn (McGill) Sedlmayr. Gary graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1959. Gary was a life-long student, enthusiastically participating in math, science, music and sports in high school, attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison delving into studies of applied math, engineering, physics and medicine and continually reading and discussing innovations in technology and space exploration. 

Gary was on staff at Central Wisconsin Center and Mendota Mental Health for decades, serving as a caring and compassionate aide and psychiatric Care Technician to the many residents and patients at both institutions, retiring in 2011 after 40 years of service. 

Thu
05
Jul

Timothy D. Ray

Timothy D. Ray, 58, of Seneca, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July 1. 

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03
Jul

Jeanette C. Bolin

Jeanette C. Bolin, 68, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 22, at her home. 

She was born Aug. 26, 1949, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Joseph and Goldie (Stuckey) LeGrand. Jeanette and her siblings would later spend a majority of their early years with Goldie and their stepfather Donald Sherrick. She married Karlan Bolin on June 30, 1995. Jeanette worked as an underwriter for several different mortgage companies. Karl preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2011. 

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